Byrum Brown named AAC Offensive Player of the Week

Brown’s 517 yard performance against Rice earned him USF’s first Offensive Player of the Week honors since 2018. ORACLE PHOTO/ARIANNA RENICK

Freshman quarterback Byrum Brown was named as the AAC Offensive Player of the Week after his standout performance in USF’s 42-29 win over Rice on Saturday.

This marks USF’s first AAC Offensive Player of the Week honor since 2018, when former running back Jordan Cronkite ran for 302 yards against UMass. It also comes one week after senior defensive back Daquan Evans was honored as the conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording three sacks and eight tackles versus Alabama. 

Brown completed 22 of his 29 pass attempts for 435 yards and two touchdowns while adding a team-high 82 yards rushing and a touchdown. He also posted his second game of the season without any turnovers. 

He led the country in total yards produced from a quarterback on Saturday with 517 against Rice. This also marked the second-most yards in a single game in USF history, only trailing Quinton Flowers’ 605 yards against UCF.

Brown is now responsible for 11 touchdowns this season, ranking second in the AAC. He also leads the conference in rushing yards with 351, a total that is the highest among all FBS quarterbacks.

Junior wide receiver Naiem Simmons also received recognition for his record-setting performance against Rice.

Simmons was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll after posting a program record with 272 receiving yards, which is the second highest single game total in AAC history. 

His total is also the second highest by any FBS receiver this season, just one yard shy of Miami’s Gage Larvadain. Simmons now ranks 26th in the nation in receiving yards with 357. 

USF will try to maintain its strong offensive performance when it faces Navy on Saturday, which is its first matchup in a two-game road trip.